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The Falcon's Bath

Date:
ca. 1400–1415
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Tapestry with wool warp and wool wefts
Dimensions:
Overall: 137 1/2 × 145 1/2 in. (349.3 × 369.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.93
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16
This recently discovered tapestry depicting courtly figures training a falcon is in remarkably good condition. At the center of the tapestry, four luxuriously dressed figures are gathered in front of a rose trellis and flowering turf bench. The lady and the gentleman in the foreground, attended by courtiers behind them, are encouraging the falcon to bathe in the basin of water between them. Four additional figures at the corners, set against a flowering, or millefleurs ground, are also busy training falcons.
Château de Martinvast, France, 19th century; by descent; Baron Arthur Schickler 1828–1919, Château Martinvast, Normandy ; Family of Baron Arthur Schickler 1828–1919, by descent (until 2010) ; [ Sotheby's, London(November 17, 2010, lot 316) ] ; [ Sam Fogg Ltd., London (sold 2011)]
Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. 75th Anniversary ed. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 125.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2011-2012." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 70, no. 2 (Fall 2012). p. 21.



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